Wonderful Werrington

This weekend we decided to give the Midland Hillclimb Championship event at Shelsley Walsh a miss and take on the long journey down to the M5 to Launceston in Cornwall for some proper club hillclimbing at Werrington Park hillclimb.

Werrington Park

Werrington House overlooks the famous Cattle Grid.

 

Set in the Tamar Valley, just over the county border, this very fast parkland hill is a real challenge for competitors with some very narrow and very high-speed sections to the course. It may not be World Famous, but Werrington Park has a hardy bunch of supporters!

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The New Season is Nearly Here….

Great news everyone… Hillclimb event previews have started appearing online, so after the long winter break, we must be getting close to the start of the 2014 Hillclimb Season!

Doug Bennett Sylva Striker

Doug Bennett attacks Werrington in his uber-powerful Sylva Striker (thanks to www.soperfectimages.co.uk)

 

There are many different forms of preview available, but one of the best has to be the video trailer through youtube or another video hosting website.

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Tregrehan Targets Trainee Talent!

As regular readers will know, whilst we are fans of the entire sport, South West hillclimbing will always be a bit special for us as that is where we first fell in love with the sport.

Richard Earle Reynard SF79

Cornish star of the 1990s Richard Earle blasts off of the Tregrehan startline with his Reynard in 1996.

 

So, we were delighted to receive an email over the weekend informing us of an absolutely fantastic new initiative which will be running at the Cornish Hill of Tregrehan, near St Austell, over the 2014 season and hopefully beyond.

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Rob’s Rocketship Returns!

Over the past few years several V8 engined Gould GR55 chassis have been advertised for sale. But while the multi-championship winning ex. Fleetwood/Dawwson/Algar NME-engined ‘Sprint’ car has changed hands, the hillclimb spec cars seem to have remained on the market for some reason.

Rob Turnbull Gould GR55

The HB belches flame at Harewood in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

However, we have recently heard that this has changed and that one of the hillclimb GR55s has now found a new home for the 2014 season. Indeed, it is being collected by its new owner today!

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More MP101 Snaps

Over the past few weeks we have revealed a few images of the latest brand new hillclimb car to be produced by legendary manufacturer Pilbeam Racing Designs.

Mike Tregoning Pilbeam MP101

The MP101 is the first Pilbeam to be specifically built to take a motorcycle engine

 

A couple of weeks ago company boss Mike Pilbeam very kindly sent us images showing the car without its bodywork so we could have a look at some of the technical details on the car.

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More MP101 Details

Hot on the heels of our post at the end of last week bringing news of the new Pilbeam chassis which have recently been unveiled, we have some more details about the hillclimb chassis which has been ordered by Mike Tregoning.

 

Mike Tregoning Pilbeam MP101

The MP101 was unveiled on the Pilbeam website last month (thanks to Mike Pilbeam)

 

The MP101, which is the first Pilbeam to have been built specifically for a motorcycle-based engine installation, is Pilbeam’s first brand new hillclimb car since 2009.

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